If we to describe NQ64 in one sentence: It is like a boozy big kid’s birthday party. The Digbeth activity bar is packed to the rafters with retro arcade games – everything from Pac-Man and Street Fighter II to newer classics like Guitar Hero. But, taking us even deeper into the 90s throwback vibes, NQ64 Laser Quest launches next month.
Described as ‘an intense boozy battle to save planet earth, where nostalgia meets the future’, the adults-only laser tag experience will open in Digbeth on February 16. So if you’re looking for an out-of-this-world experience, or just want to get revenge on your best mate at school’s dad twenty years later (yes, we’re still bitter about it), this is going to be a must-visit.
“We’ve loved trading in Birmingham since opening in 2020, and feel at home in Digbeth, but it’s time to give the venue an upgrade,” said Matt Robson, co-founder of NQ64. “There’ll be loads more seating, a much bigger bar, a better selection of games and more of them, and to top it off, a Laser Quest arena in the basement. When it comes to Laser Quest, expect the same NQ64 vibes with the added bonus of shooting your mates or boss!”
Laser Quest will see NQ64 expand into the basement of the Zellig building and will be available to enjoy with up to groups of 16 players per game. The concept is designed to offer guests a nostalgic adult-only experience in a bar setting – focussing on the theme of an ‘alien invasion in a dystopian future’. Drinks on offer include a selection of craft beers, alien invasion-themed cocktails, wines, spirits, and sodas.
Between February 4 to 8, NQ64 Birmingham will be closed for refurbishment which will add additional games, extra seating, a photo booth, and a larger wrap-around bar. Founded in 2019 in Manchester, NQ64 is a neon graffiti-covered bar where guests can enjoy retro arcade games and classic consoles alongside a curated list of game-themed cocktails and craft beers, accompanied by a classic hip-hop playlist.
What is Laser Quest?
If you weren’t lucky enough to have/go to a birthday party at Laser Quest, let us explain. Players are equipped with an infrared laser gun and a pack with infrared sensors. Across a multi-level arena, the aim is to tag/shoot your opponents as many times as possible, while not being hit yourself. There is currently an official Laser Quest already in Acocks Green, which is open to all ages. But to save you the embarrassment of being beaten by a group of 10-year-olds, we recommend holding out for NQ64 Laser Quest to open.
To book a slot at NQ64 Laser Quest head here.